We try a new Spanish style restaurant & tapas bar Morada Brindisa Asador in London’s Piccadilly. We are very lucky here in London we have some amazing Spanish style restaurants & bars.
I actually worked next to a tapas bar for many years, the aroma’s from the kitchens started to fill parts of the office by mid-morning which some of my colleges were always moaning about but I loved it, and part of my job was entertaining clients & suppliers in the tapas bar, I ate hundreds of tapas dishes over the years and I never tiered of it – I loved it so much I still took my girlfriend for dinner there after work
One of my long time favourites is a small group called Brindesa, they have a shop at London’s borough market importing & supplying Spanish produce and selling street food on market days, they have a school teaching ham carving and they have a hand full of restaurants and bars in town.
Unlike many groups or chains it’s not a case that once you’ve been to one you’ve been to them all as each one although they often share the popular classics aligns itself with a different region or style of cooking and service so each one is a different experience and each one has its own signature dishes and style.
So I’m excited to try their latest restaurant here in Piccadilly. The menu they say is centred on the tradition of roasting pork & lamb in a vast wood fired oven known in Spain as an asador and the menu is mostly focused around cooking over charcoal and roasting, stewing and braising meat seafood & vegetables to create traditional Spanish dishes from all of sprains regions.
Padrón peppers are one of my favourite Spanish tapas dishes, like a chilli pepper game of Russian roulette as apparently although most are very mild a rare few are very hot.
Iberico Presa Pork is considered to be the finest cut of the Iberian pig. It is the cut attached to the shoulder at the head of the loin. The Iberico presa at Morada Brindisa Asador was cooked in their charcoal oven and served medium rare seasoned with a little salt, it has the texture of the finest chateaubriand steak and tasted absolutely delicious and my favourite dish of the evening.
For further deatils or to make a reservation –
Morada Brindisa Asador
18 – 20 Rupert ST. London W1D 6DE
A little background info on the Piccadilly area of London we visited
Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and a really busy one at that, it connects Regent Street with Piccadilly Shaftesbury Avenue and the Haymarket. There is a phrase or saying “it like Piccadilly Circus “used to describe busy places everywhere because it’s one of the busiest spaces in London. There is a tube station here, and From here you’re in close proximity to all the west ends main shopping areas, theatres and all the nightlife bars, restaurants & clubs of the area. And there is some public space here so it always been a hugely popular meeting point for Londoners and visitors.
I guess the two most iconic things being the illuminated signs and the Shaftesbury memorial fountain which is generally just called Eros
There are often street performers here, and you’ll always see people sitting on the steps of Eros either somewhat hypnotised by the LED signs, watching the world go by or someone performing
The statue everyone simply calls Eros is surrounded by many urban myths & legends, but it started out in 1892 or 1893 as a memorial fountain to commemorate the life & work of the Victorian gentleman & politician the 7th earl of Shaftesbury, but apparently the statue’s not even Eros it’s his twin brother.
& by all accounts at the time of the unveiling the fountain was a doomed disappointment – a flawed design, a compromise of the designers symbolic ideas & the councils utilitarian objectives and location for the piece – Some loved it right from the start but the designer I believe was ridiculed & criticised so badly by some of the press and public he later called for it to be scraped for the metal and the money used to provide night shelters for the poor sleeping at the time down on London’s embankment – Maybe because Lord Shaftesbury was a supporter of the poor he felt it would be more symbolic
Unfortunately it’s an issue that although we certainly understand a little more we still face everyday a century later in London – if we choose to that is
Over the last century the fountain has been tinkered with, moved, it’s now a statue not a fountain and public opinion has changed its become a much loved London icon affectionately known as Eros – now one London newspaper even use it as an illustration on their logo
The relatively modern sculpture of the four hoses of Helios at the corner of Piccadilly Circus and the Haymarket is fantastic– the fountains give the piece a real sense of movement & being at street level and not up on a plinth give you a great perspective of it and a photo opportunity too good for many passers-by to miss.